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I Have Trichotillomania

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    I'm a seventeen year old guy and.

    ..I have an anxiety disorder known as "trichotillomania". Man, that's a mouthful, huh? It's a type of obsessive compulsive disorder where you obsessively pluck out the hairs on your body, whether it be hair on your head, your arms and legs, your armpits, your pubic hair, your...
    TheDarkestZero TheDarkestZero 16-17, M 3 Responses Dec 18, 2015

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    I started pulling my eyebrows out 4 years ago,

    then once I had none left I started ripping out my eyelashes. I still have no eyelashes and eyebrows and I occasionally pull from the hair on my head too. I also have urges to pull other people's hair out especially if they have a hair that is out of place.
    behindblueeyess behindblueeyess 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 22, 2014

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    All About Meeee

     Im a super happy girl! but one thing im not happy about is that I suffer from hair pulling! i dont like it at all! And also,i pull my eyelashes out! Wow, i feel like a total idiot when people say hey kayla wheres your eye lashes or why are you are you bald? ha i tell...
    kaybaby007 kaybaby007 16-17, F 4 Responses Apr 15, 2008

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    Right now I'm a 14 year old,

    going onto 15 in the new year, and I have suffered with trichotillomania since I was 8 years old. Like every other person with it, I am always dwelling on how I can cure myself from something so wretched and life manipulating. Over the years, I have researched a variety of...
    lilsparrow14 lilsparrow14 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 14, 2015

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    Continuing from my last post,

    here are my theories. (Because j didn't mention before, I will mention now that I also have trichophagia?? Is that what it's called? So this may also help people to cure themselves from trichophagia if not trichotillomania. 1. According to a fact I discovered last year, if you...
    lilsparrow14 lilsparrow14 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 14, 2015

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    My name is Cameron, I started pulling my hair

    out freshman year and haven't stopped since. I used to have long hair and now I don't have any. ANY like as in it got so bad I shaved it. I've shaved it twice now and last time it didn't work out so well so hopefully this time will go differently. Anyways my point is that I've...
    camerellaaa camerellaaa 16-17, F 2 Responses Nov 29, 2015

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    I was diagnosed with Trichotillomania

    when I was 5 years old. I am now 22. I only pull my eyelashes now. I used to pull the hair in my scalp and my eyebrows. I am having the most difficult time letting my eyelashes grow. A year ago I was able to let then grow out for 45 days and then stress got the best of me and I...
    09cramptonsa 09cramptonsa 22-25, F 6 Responses Apr 24, 2014

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    Update from my last post,

    its been about two months since I stopped pulling my hair out! I'm so happy!
    Abizabeth Abizabeth 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 11, 2014

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    Trich has been apart of my life

    since I was about 6 years old. I don't know exactly what triggered it, but it has greatly impacted my life. It hit the hardest when I was in the 4th grade. I was a little 9 year old girl with no eyebrows and only 5 eyelashes on each eye. I knew back then that it was wrong, but I...
    ValentinaGirl14 ValentinaGirl14 16-17, F 2 Responses Feb 13, 2015

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    I realized today that I have a huge bald spot

    on the back of my head, and it's pretty noticeable. Looks like I'm going to have to wear my hair in a ponytail until it starts to grow back in..
    prererecess prererecess 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 26, 2015

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    I have this too and on my scalp I have some

    bald spots, luckily my hair is very thick and it covers it up but this isn't good, I'm using head bands and perfumes to stop this. I hate this habit. Wish me luck to kick this! I wish y'all luck too ❤️
    CookieTracker7 CookieTracker7 16-17, F Jan 28

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    I have been suffering from trich

    for 4 years and in those 4 years I have gone to 4 different schools because of bullies. This year I am going to a new school and I am determined to not pull my hair out this summer!
    hairlesscareless hairlesscareless 16-17, F 3 Responses Jul 21, 2014

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    I have officially been pull-free

    since April 18th, 2014 and I am extremely happy with myself. I am going to get my first haircut (by a hairstylist) in almost 4 years. <3 I just wanted to remind people that there IS an end to this disorder! I had mine through hypnotherapy! It worked for me. If ANYONE ever...
    court14harris court14harris 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 26, 2014

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    I beat it! I did! I'm an 18 year old

    that has reassurance for all you trichsters out there- reassurance that doesn't have anything to do with doctor's visits, meds, or CBT appointments. Hang in there, it's possible. Message me for those tricks :)
    tricksfortrich tricksfortrich 22-25 2 Responses Oct 12, 2014

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    What are your triggers

    and signs right before you pull? My triggers are boredom and stress and I usually play with the ends of my hair
    CookieTracker7 CookieTracker7 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 28

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    Makeup. Lotion, primer,

    powder, blush. Shadow, liner, brows and puff. Mascara? No way. Makeup was not supposed to be part of my daily regiment. It was supposed to be a special occasions thing that I didn't waste my time on while in college. I guess that ship has sailed. Some girls wake up in...
    AbusiveMistress AbusiveMistress 18-21 2 Responses Dec 15, 2014

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    Shaved my hair off again.

    .. My ex friend called me pathetic and I would be better off dead...
    hasbrogrl74 hasbrogrl74 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 31

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    Okay, so I decided to share my story to share

    my biggest problem Trichotillomania. So basically it is a disease where you pull your hair from any body part whether it's your face or your head. From what I've read it can be due to stress, depression, low self esteem etc. But my case is very particular. So I grew up in a...
    ATrueWish ATrueWish 16-17, F 1 Response Dec 18, 2015

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    My lashes and brows now look fine with plenty

    of eyebrow pencil, eyeliner and mascara... But I still don't feel confident without it :/
    mblo2984 mblo2984 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 10, 2014

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    Trichotillomania or known

    as "trich" is a super rare disorder that I happen to have, yes.. You heard it, I pull my hair out, I always hear people ask "but does it hurt?" No. It doesn't, it's relieving, actually, but the feelin after isn't. Constantly looking in the mirror and breaking down into tears...
    deleted deleted 26-30 6 Responses Nov 4, 2014

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    Have not pulled for 2 weeks,

    not even a single hair. I suddenly got the urge to curb this compulsion this year. This WILL be my year. Soon I won't have to deal with this disorder that's taken over move than a decade of my life. If I can do it, you can too. I believe this can be stopped.
    ghostofthesun ghostofthesun 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 15

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    CookieTracker7 CookieTracker7 16-17, F Jan 29

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    I am 27 years old... I have been pulling out my

    eyebrows since I was in high school. I noticed I was picking everytime I would be doing math. I also would pick while watching tv.. I assumed it was a nervous habit and just tried to control myself and stop but I couldn't. I am now a stay at home mom and I still pull out my...
    Kat2kit Kat2kit 26-30 1 Response Dec 2, 2015

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    Well, today is a big day

    for me. On this day three years ago, November 11, 2011, I made the decision to stop pulling. I've been pull free for three year!! And what an amazing journey it has been! When I first stopped, things were hard; really hard! I would constantly be reminding myself, day in and day...
    Casslav Casslav 18-21 2 Responses Nov 11, 2014

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    Almost relapsed when I hunt pulled in a day!

    Then I realized and I put my head band on and got my ribbon
    CookieTracker7 CookieTracker7 16-17, F Jan 29

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    I've just hit the 48 hour mark of not touching

    my hair...not easy, I've literally had to stop myself from reaching up, and several times thought "just once won't hurt". After 17 years making it just 2 days feels so awesome.
    starlit85 starlit85 26-30, F 3 Responses Jul 16, 2014

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    I started pulling out my eyelashes obsessively

    in 3rd grade. It has been less consistent, but i still do it. We always thought it was just a bad habit or a side effect of my add medication.
    Megsupermario Megsupermario 16-17, F 3 Responses Aug 7, 2014

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    I Wish I Could Stop.

    I've been pulling my hair and eyelashes out for many years. Since i was a little girl, now being 18. I used to have long beautiful eyelashes and hair. My pulling has gotten so bad that I have bald spots all over my head and i wear fake eyelashes everywhere I go. Some of my...
    mariexo mariexo 18-21 3 Responses Apr 3, 2013

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    My Life Because Of Eyebrow Pulling

    I’m 19 years old and I plug out my eyebrows. Most of the time I felt like I was the only one in this world with this problem until I started getting the urge to take out my eye lashes. So I went on and searched in Google “I plug out my eye lashes”, then I came across the...
    yasmilg1 yasmilg1 22-25, F 44 Responses Sep 26, 2010

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    I don't have eyelashes anymore.

    I haven't touched the hair on my head, so it's not too noticeable. Regardless, my dad gives me hēll every day. He makes fun of me for it and calls it "self-mutilation".
    randompanda18 randompanda18 13-15, F 3 Responses Jan 27

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    Hi there, I'm new, and I just stumbled upon

    this group/site/experience and I have to just say Wow! :D (sorry in advance for my life story!) This may sound silly but I never knew that what I've been doing for the past 17 years or so meant that I have Trich. I'm 27 and I've been rubbing and pulling my eyebrows since I was...
    lightandlove18 lightandlove18 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 24, 2015

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    Trich And How I Stopped

    Hey, my trichs-in-law. Today, I am going to share my entire story of Trichotillomania and how I have managed to make a great recovery (for those of you who have trich, you will know what a task this is). I know exactly where it all began. Right now I'm 17 years old. The incident...
    Petrea94 Petrea94 16-17, F 48 Responses Nov 22, 2011

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    justme973 justme973 18-21, F Dec 13, 2015

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    I'm 12 years old and I suffer from an ICD

    (impulse control disorder) called trichotillomania. When I was 10 I took a car trip to Idaho and started pulling ingrown knee hairs. I didn't know it was hair but the scientist in me really liked them. My sister than told me it was hair and I slowly began to pull my head...
    trichster7 trichster7 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 3

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    I am so happy to announce

    that today marks 30 days of being pull free. I'm so happy! I wish there was something I could tell everyone that I did to help me but there isn't really anything. I had been dating my boyfriend for almost 10 months when I finally decided to tell him. I was so scared that he was...
    emily39 emily39 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 29, 2014

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    It got pretty bad there

    for a while, pulled a lot. I'm getting better now. :) PFV!
    Majin1712 Majin1712 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 4, 2015

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    im not sure when i started pulling my hair

    but i have been doing it for years and im now 27. i also have depression/anxiety which im on medication for and had a very bad past. i have tried shaving my hair and letting it regrow but it hasnt worked. i thought to was just a habit i could get out but never been able to...
    shinedownbabyxo shinedownbabyxo 26-30, F Jul 10, 2014

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    I have had Trichotillomania

    for approx 25 yrs. I've been doing well for the past year after being put on medicine, but I still get the urge and pull. I always do my eyebrows overly plucked too. But the hair on my head is the other.
    graysmom07 graysmom07 41-45, F 2 Responses Jan 25

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    I Have Trichotillamania

    I first realized my Trichotillamania in 3rd grade. I would twist my hair around my finger, forming it into a knot, then I would rip it off. I did this atleast a hundread times a day. Until I got caught, I stopped. A year later I felt it, a strange pain in to eyebrows and eye...
    AreYouMadCool AreYouMadCool 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 27, 2013

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    This is so screwed up to think considering

    there are people truly going through it but I fantasize about going into a coma for months or years to beat trich. I think about full, thick eyelashes and eyebrows when I wake and not having the urge because the coma broke the habit.
    alxadn alxadn 46-50, F Jan 30

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    Today is the day that I shaved my head don't be

    scared ladies it really isn't that bad. Remeber that hair does grow back and it doesn't chage who you are so keep your head's up and don't let trichotillomania get the best of you because you're all over comers :)
    KianiYvonne13 KianiYvonne13 18-21 Mar 24, 2014

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    Mentorn Media is making a documentary about

    people with compulsions to eat the inedible. We are interested in hearing from anyone who experiences the compulsive eating of non-nutritional substances and items. Whether you eat hair, earth, plaster, sponges, chalk or wood we want to hear your story and how it affects it your...
    Hbourne Hbourne 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 19

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    I've been having troubles with my Trich lately.

    I'm going to be blatantly honest here. I'm 14 years old. I suffer from Trichotillomania and I feel so overwhelmingly alone in this. I have no one to talk to about this. So here's my story. Please don't judge.It started when I was about 10. I was semi-obsessed with my hair. I...
    theoreticals theoreticals 13-15, F 4 Responses May 17, 2015

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    Ok, I'll just get to it.

    I've been pulling since I was ten. I'm fifteen now and a sophomore in high school. I joined MeToo just to talk about trich for support because I dislike doing it in person. I have an issue I would like to discuss because I'm having no luck with friends or family. I'm going to be...
    Quietec Quietec 13-15, F 2 Responses Jan 10

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    You are a strong, beautiful human being.

    You just have a touch of trich. And there's nothing wrong with that. It doesn't own you. It doesn't define you. You're still you.
    justme973 justme973 18-21, F Dec 15, 2015

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